Mr. Juhl was one of Razorfish's three regional U.S. presidents and spent more than a decade at the shop. Earlier in his career he held senior roles at GE Capital. He was an Ad Age Media Maven in 2011.
His departure follows that of recent global CEO Bob Lord and Chairman Clark Kokich, both of whom left the Publicis Groupe agency in the past few months. Upon Mr. Lord's departure, Razorfish promoted Pete Stein from president to global CEO and Shannon Denton from president into the long-vacant role of North American CEO.
In his new role at Essence, Mr. Juhl will report to Founding Partner and Global CEO Matt Isaacs.
"I wanted to be somewhere focused on digital media and marketing," he said. The appeal was going niche and independent at a time when most large digital agencies are "broadening into offline marketing," and broad technology services.
"You can do things with an independent [agency] that are harder to do in other places," he added. "Part of my role is to sharpen our voice in the marketplace and talk about what we believe."